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North 2nd, Central 5th in golf match

By Jeff Linville jlinville@civitasmedia.com

April 1, 2014

North Surry finished a close second to South Stokes in golf this week, moving into third place on the season.


The Greyhounds were in fourth place in the season standings behind West Stokes, but passed the Wildcats with a team score of 161 at Cross Creek Monday.


Surry Central is in fifth place in the six-team conference.


South Stokes won the event with a team score of 157. With the top four scores for the players counting toward the team total, North Surry was just one stroke per player out of the lead.


That’s the kind of thinking that new coach Daniel Broughton is trying to pass along to the Hounds.


North Surry has good depth with eight or nine guys capable of making the top four in any given event, said Broughton.


Broughton, a middle school teacher, has been coaching Surry Central in recent years, but moved over to North this spring.


In three nine-hole breakdowns, the Hounds have scored 180, 167 and 161, getting better each time out.


Three Hounds are now in the top six in the Western Piedmont standings.


“Noah Lyons has been a nice surprise,” said Broughton. The junior has played as a fourth seed, but posted back-to-back 39 scores for nine holes.


“Noah is Mr. Consistency,” the coach said. He hits drives down the middle, makes a lot of greens in regulation and then gets his lag putts close enough to two-putt regularly.


Lyons is first on the team and third in the conference in scoring average. Right behind him is teammate Jed Whitaker in fourth.


“Jed has worked his butt off this year,” said the coach. He has really worked hard on controlling his short irons and has been a flag hunter this season.


“Corbin Soots is my long hitter,” said the coach. “He has a very powerful golf swing.” Soots is sixth in the standings, just two strokes behind Whitaker.


While these players have gotten off to great starts, North has another golfer that could catch up with the leaders.


Top seed T.J. Ramey averaged 39 strokes last year, but is averaging 45 so far this season.


T.J. has talent, but he has struggled at times, the coach said. The senior is 18th in scoring, but he can turn it around and be all-conference again this year.


This squad is solid from top to bottom. Outside those top four, the team has four others who have played pretty well, too.


Taylor Mundy has shot three rounds in less than 50. Caleb Cook shot a 50 in the first week. Mason Chaney shot 49 in the first nine holes of this week. August Cooke shot 53 in the final nine holes this week.


Surry Central has five golfers ranked between 20th and 28th in scoring so far this season, led by Chase Graham with an average of 45.3 for the three rounds.


South Stokes’ Keenan Denny and Jonah Moorefield are first and second in scoring, and Tanner Bibey is tied with Whitaker for fourth.


Here are the scores for the first three rounds. For the sake of season average, the lowest score of the season is dropped.


North Surry

Noah Lyons 43 39 39 121 78 3


Jed Whitaker 45 40 39 124 79 4


Corbin soots 45 42 39 126 81 6


TJ Ramey 47 45 44 136 89 18


Taylor Mundy 47 47 44 138 91 21


Mason Chaney 62 49 63 174 111 32


Caleb Cook 50 63 63 176 113 33


August Cooke 62 63 53 178 115 34


Surry Central

Chase Graham 46 45 45 136 90 20


Garrett Fletcher 47 46 47 140 93 23


Hunter Hayes 49 47 47 143 94 24


Rocky Collins 62 50 45 157 95 25


Ryan Miller 52 54 50 156 102 28


Collin Hardy 62 52 52 166 104 30


Cole Stewart 52 63 63 178 115 34


Lane Roberts 62 63 63 188 125 36


Team Standings

School Results Total Strokes


South Stokes 169 155 157 481 0


Forbush 164 164 169 497 +16


North Surry 180 166 161 507 +26


West Stokes 165 169 177 511 +30


Surry Central 194 188 184 566 +85


Carver 248 246 238 732 +251